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    Has anyone seen or used a drill press like this? Unfortunately, I did not have time to get information from it due to time constraints. It's in the family "collection". Who would most likely be interested in something like this (blacksmith, museum, ??).

    Love that open gearing ... can anyone say "buzz cut"


  • #2
    It's called a Post Drill. These were common on farms or shops with limited electric service. If it's for sale, I'll take it!


    • #3
      From my higher res image, it looks like it may be a Canedy and maybe #770. It's my wife's dad's and still has the warranty card attached Don't know about selling it yet.

      Does this thing have power downfeed or was the gearing just to bump up the rpms when hand powered?


      • #4
        The X handle is the downfeed. The "power" came from another handle and should be on the left side (Can't quite see it in the pic). I also noticed another geared shaft coming up from the bottom. This is probably to raise and lower the table. That certainly is the most "full-featured" post drill I've seen.

        By the way, these didn't have a stand--they bolted to a column or post; Hence the name.

        Forgot to mention: Yes some of these had "power downfeed". It looks like this one does have the gearing. Also, the wheel on top acts like a flywheel.

        [This message has been edited by CCWKen (edited 07-14-2004).]


        • #5
          I'm pretty sure I saw it run under power a year or so ago. I don't recall how the power came in though. It may be from the shaft from the bottom but as you say, it looks like it raises and lowers the table. It is mounted to a post now.

          It didn't occur to me what a fine sample this was until I started looking around on the web. Not much there but mostly restoration examples from what I could see.

          I do recall that I was about 4 feet away when it ran and that was about right for me


          • #6
            What a beautiful machine. Two speed selection for drilling, the drive handle is missing on the right side facing the post. Would be a flat bar with a wooden handle. Manual feed and selective power feed with depth stop. Manual table lift. Looks like original color, don't let Alistair talk you into painting it. Love the oak cabinets in the background. What other treasures are there?

            Neil Peters

            [This message has been edited by NAMPeters (edited 07-14-2004).]
            Neil Peters

            When on the hunt, a broken part is better than no part at all.


            • #7
              That's the oldest machine. The youngsters are a 1948 SB 9" model A and an old Black and Decker 10" pedestal grinder (barely used). The rest is an assortment of "real" Rockwell woodworking tools (1950's).

              The drawers in the background are half empty and half filled with old hardware in bulk (mostly carriage bolts, old cut nails, etc.). We'll probably give it to someone doing restoration when the time comes to clear it out.

              Almost forgot, 750 lbs of good lead type, a Chandler Price leterpress machine and a huge paper cutter ... all with barely any access to the outside

              [This message has been edited by nheng (edited 07-14-2004).]


              • #8
                Man that thing looks in great shape! I love old tools. I would never sell it were it mine.
                To invent, you need a good imagination - and a pile of junk. Thomas A. Edison


                • #9
                  Your holding out on us! That looks like a significant tool (green) under the towel. Shaper? Horizontal mill? C'mon, Out with it!!



                  • #10
                    Ahhh.... Its a furnace. You can see the gun at the bottom of the picture.


                    • #11
                      Yes, it is a furnace but you guys have got me thinking ...

                      How many of you actually use some of the really old iron that you have? Should I keep it just because I enjoy looking at it and a piece of history it represents?

                      It must all come down to SPACE !


                      • #12
                        Ok, here's the other tasty morsel. There seems to be a theme here ... OIL. I suspect that the Oilzum is non-detergent (from its age) but it probably doesn't matter much in the "lossy" SB.

                        It was purchased in 1948 with all accessories in the SB catalog at the time. We have the receipt somewhere and I seem to recall it was around $500 something total. Still a chunk of change back then.


                        • #13
                          It's a beautiful piece.
                          I immensely enjoy rebuilding and restoring old tools. I use every tool I own - regardless of age. Tools were meant to be used (properly) and not showcased.


                          • #14
                            Personally, I would make space for tools like that. I've got some old sheetmetal tools (1865-1940) that I use on a regular basis. Yea, I could be using modern stuff but the faces on the "old-timers" light up when they see an exact duplicate of a 1913 fender or dash board (firewall to you youngin's).

                            One thing for sure, those old tools were made to last. If you gear the speed down, many of these old tools can be powered! That drill could be converted (non-destructive) to use a motor--use a pulley in place of the flywheel.


                            • #15
                              That's a beautiful old Gal!
                              I would never dream of painting her, anyway the paintwork is like the day it was made so it doesn't need a new coat.
                              I love these old tools there is a deal of beauty in them .
                              The designers did not design these purely to be functional.
                              I have actually read they took a pride in the appearance of their tools, so much even if it cost them extra to produce an item they would do it rather than send out a dull, plain, looking design. Beautiful. Alistair
                              Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease